Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
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Welcome to Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

Come face to face with the Region's trout, explore karst terrain, and see our exhilarating exhibit hall! Much more awaits the entire family in a fun and engaging educational journey at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery! Visitors are welcome to tour the hatchery, Visitor/Environmental Education Center, and to fish in the creek! Hatchery grounds are open 365 days a year while the Visitor/Environmental Education Center remains open 364 days annually (only closing on Christmas Day). FREE visitation! Make plans today to get connected with nature at Wolf Creek NFH!

Upcoming Events

Shadow of a man fishing from a bank.
A man fishing. Photo by Steve Corey, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Spring events at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

Spring is in the air at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery. We are excited to announce our upcoming events... Read more »

33rd annual Catch a Rainbow Kid's Fishing Derby

A family-oriented day full of fishing, fun and prizes. Organized by Friends of Wolf Creen NFH, Inc. Made possible by countless volunteers and generous sponsors. For more information, read the press release.

Flyer for catch a rainbow fishing event; details below

Children ages 1 - 4 years old can participate in the kiddie pool from 9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m. Rods and bait will be provided.

Creek Schedule

Time Age
9:00 - 10:00 5 - 6
10:15 - 11:15 7 - 8
11:30 - 12:30 9 - 10
12:45 - 1:45 11 - 12
2:00 - 3:00 13 - 15
  • Notes:
  • Rods and tackle are not provided.
  • All participants must register at least 30 minutes in advance

Thank you to our sponsors: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Price Less Foods, Innovative Business Concepts, Christian Appalachian Project, Hubbard’s Outdoor Products, Etc., First National Bank, Lalalucyblue Lake Country Outdoors, Keystone Foods, Wal-Mart of Somerset, Somerset Ice Company, Wal-Mart of Glasgow, City of Russell Springs, Wal-Mart of Columbia, South KY RECC, Monticello Banking Company, McDonalds of Russell Springs, Pepsi, Save A Lot, Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Lake Cumberland State Dock, Bank of Jamestown, Zebco Brands, Russell County Board of Education

Fishing 101

Flyer advertising Fishing 101 event; details below
  • May 18, 2019, 8a.m - 12p.m CDT, Wolf Creen National Fish Hatchery
  • Learn the basics: gear, bait, and casting. Try your hand at fishing Hatchery Creek* with instructors available.
  • *Note: All Kentucky fishing regulations apply. Must have valid license and trout permit to fish Hatchery Creek (16 years and over).
  • Questions? Call 270-343-3797

Fly fishing workshops

A flyer for the fly fishing workshop; details below

Join professional volunteer fly fisherman, Mark Lamberth, for a basic instruction of fly fishing. Mark has over 50 years of experience fly fishing in over 42 states with loads of enthusiasm to share.

  • Morning session: Beginning casting
  • Afternoon session: Fishing at the creek
  • No charge for classes
  • Bring your own gear if you have it, if not let us know
  • RSVP - prior to session
  • Limited of six participants per session
  • Call Mark Lamberth at (615) 513-6193 or the hatchery at (270) 343-3797, ask to sign up for the 2nd Saturday Fly Fishing Workshop
  • Meet at the Wolf Creek NFH visitor center at least 15 minutes before the session
  • Open to anyone ages 8+
  • Dates
    • January 12
    • February 9
    • March 9
    • April 13
    • May 11
    • June 8
    • July 13
    • August 10
    • September 14
    • October 12
    • November 9
    • December 14

For more information contact Ashley Buffington at (270) 343-3797 or ashley_buffington@fws.gov

Flyer of events for 2019 Flyer of events for 2019

For a full list of events for 2019 visit our events page.

2 nd Annual Hatchery Creek Trout Trot 5k Results

Winners pose for a photo after the race.

Download the results

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Public Use Opportunities

  • More than 100,000 visitors yearly
  • Visitor/Environmental Education Center
  • Hatchery tours
  • On-site/Off-site presentations
  • ADA accessible public fishing area
  • Nature Explorer Hiking Trail
  • Fishing Events
  • Nature Craft Club
  • Friends of Wolf Creek NFH, Inc.


Aerial photo of the Wolf Creek water outflow meeting the Cumberland river
Outflow from Wolf Creek NFH meets the Cumberland River. Photo: USFWS.

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery Visitor/Environmental Education Center
Our Visitor/Environmental Education Center. Photo: USFWS.

Station Facts:
Established: 1975
Number of staff: Ten permanent
Annual budget (FY18): $985,000

Two volunteers clearing a trail.

Volunteers make Wolf Creek NFH great! Volunteers John Adams and Julia Hoss make improvements to the nature trail.

A USFWS team member hand feeds trout in one of the hatchery raceways

Hand feeding fish at the raceways. Photo: USFWS.


USFWS team harvests cultured mussels

Employees harvest mussels cultured on site. Photo: USFWS.


Painted creekshell mussels in hand

Painted creekshell mussels. Photo: USFWS.


Painted creekshell mussels on a rocky substrate

Painted creekshell mussels on rocky substrate. Photo: USFWS.

Last updated: May 16, 2019